Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Facing Conservation Requirements Due To Drought? How Can You Painlessly Reduce Your Home's Water Consumption?

Construction & Contractors Blog

Many city and county governments in areas hard-hit by recent droughts have instituted water restrictions in an attempt to preserve the existing water supply and minimize wear and tear on pumps, pipes, and other plumbing components. If you're currently utilizing more than the new restrictions permit, you'll be faced with potential fines if you don't quickly make your home more water-efficient. Read on for several ways to help permanently reduce your family's water consumption without impacting your lifestyle.

Invest in a tankless water heater 

Tankless or "on demand" water heaters are ideal for those looking to conserve water and electricity. Rather than keeping gallons of water constantly heated to a high temperature, a tankless water heater heats water as it's needed, providing enough hot water to take a bath, do laundry, or wash dishes without interruption. Because your water heater represents one of the biggest energy drains (making up about 18 percent of your home's total utility costs), minimizing the amount of work your water heater will need to do to heat your home's water will reduce your energy consumption.

By combining a tankless water heater with water-conserving showerheads and faucets, you'll be able to enjoy the same long showers and hot laundry cycles as before while remaining well within your new water budget.

Begin recycling "grey water" 

Even after reducing the amount of fresh water you use by changing out your showerheads and water heater, you can take further steps to minimize consumption by recycling the "grey water" you do use. This includes water from bathing, washing your hands, and doing laundry. By utilizing biodegradable soap that won't harm plants, you can re-use this grey water to water a garden, flush toilets, or even wash your car.

Recycling grey water can be as simple as placing a bucket in the shower with you, but if you're planning a permanent reduction in water usage, you may want to invest in a professionally-plumbed system that will effortlessly route and filter your grey water for home use. 

Xeriscape your lawn

If you don't see a way to keep your lawn from dying without going over your water allowance, you may want to consider replacing your grass with stone, mulch, pavers, or succulents in a process known as xeriscaping. A xeriscaped lawn can be designed to coordinate with your home's colors and style, and should be much lower-maintenance than your former lawn. For areas that aren't expected to see much rain in the foreseeable future, a xeriscaped lawn may be a wise investment when it comes to your home's curb appeal. For more information, contact a plumbing company such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.  

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27 December 2015